Tim Ferris, Jenny Harries and Mauricio Barreto confirmed to join HDR UK’s Annual Scientific Conference
27 October 2022
The hybrid event will be held in December, and aims to bring together the international health data research community to celebrate progress and ensure no groups are excluded from data-driven improvements to health and society.
Under the leadership of Neena Modi and Cheryl Battersby, the final conference agenda has been announced with speakers including internationally leading figures from research, technology, health and charity sectors.
Together with patient and public representatives, they will share learnings from the rapid progress made in health science and data infrastructure, to shape the post-pandemic science landscape.
Trudie Lang, Global Research Director of HDR UK, will be leading the event’s first keynote address, joined by Mauricio Barreto, Emeritus Professor and Founder and Director of Fiocruz. Mauricio is the leader of the major 100 million Brazilian Cohort, investigating social determinants of health and the impact of poverty reduction policies on health.
Trudie said: “Health data has enormous potential to advance medical knowledge and deliver radical improvements to people’s lives, but we must ensure these benefits are inclusive of and accessible to the entire global population.
“I’m excited to be speaking at HDR UK’s Scientific Conference as the director of the newly established HDR Global programme to connect with the international health data research community and have the discussions needed to drive data-driven progress in global health and society.”
Other headline speakers include Tim Ferris, National Director of Transformation for NHS England and NHS Improvement; Kenneth Cukier, deputy executive editor at The Economist and co-author of “Big Data,” a NYT bestseller translated in over 20 languages; and Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency who has played central roles in the UK’s response to a number of significant public health incidents.
The conference will also be an important opportunity to build relationships with key players from industry, including Susan Thomas, Clinical Director for Google Health UK and John Halamka, President of the Mayo Clinic Platform.
Members of the public and patient representatives will play a vital role in the event’s panel discussions, providing their unique and important perspective on topics including ‘Who is being left behind in the health data research revolution?’, to ‘Future priorities: Shaping the post-COVID-19 health data research landscape’.
Lynn Laidlaw, a public and patient representative speaking at one of the event’s panel sessions, said: “Having been involved as a public contributor in several projects with HDR UK, I know there is a willingness to have conversations about how we can make health data research more inclusive and beneficial to patients.
“I would encourage anyone with an interest in health data or improving patient care to come along and give your point of view and help shape the future of health data research.”
HDR UK’s Scientific Conference has been organised by a committee from the Health Data Research UK community involving patients, public, researchers and staff. The conference is free to attend and bursaries are available to support travel and/or accommodation expenses for patients and the public. Find out more and apply by 5.00pm on Monday 14 November 2022.
The event is delivered in partnership with Voice Global, NIHR, ADR UK, the Health Research Authority, the Professional Record Standards Body, the UK Bioindustry Association, NHS England, AMRC, Our Future Health, ABPI, Cancer Research UK and UseMydata.
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